Discover the History of Charleston

as told by a bowtie-wearing carriage horse named Heyward

Learn About the First Settlement

Before the walls, the steeples, the battles, and the people there was a place called Charles Towne.

Perfect for toddlers
to age 8

Learn history the fun way

Bond over books about Charleston, S.C.

Heyward the Horse returns with a new adventure 

In his second book, “Heyward the Horse and The Founding of Charleston,” our favorite historian takes young readers back in time to the very beginning of Charleston. 

With the help of his magic bowtie, Heyward embarks on a journey with his renowned ancestor, Heyward the First. Follow along as they travel across the ocean to the New World. Discover mighty ships, dangerous jungles, pirate battles, native peoples, cool maps, walled cities, and more.

“Heyward the Horse and The Founding of Charleston” is on sale now! Order your hardback book today.

What people are saying

“What a FABULOUS educational read for children regarding Charleston’s history.

The Magic of this book is the way Andrew presents the material so the children will always remember. Kudos to Andrew and looking forward to many more reads from him!”

Christine S. Osborne

founder and owner, Wonder Works

“Heyward is our most popular book with children of all ages! It’s a great keepsake that fosters a love of history. You can’t come to Charleston without grabbing a copy!”

Hillary Lamendola

owner, Under the Almond Trees

“Heyward the Horse was an instant hit with my grandson. In fact, Jackson, who gets up at 6-6:30 am, would be waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs each morning with Heyward on his lap, ready to read. I am not exaggerating, if I say we read that book 50 – 70 times during the 8 days I was visiting – Jax never tired of it, and neither did I. Thank you for this treasure.”

Linda W.

grandma

Take a tour of Charleston with Heyward the Horse

Written and illustrated by Charleston, S.C., author Andrew Barton, the Heyward the Horse series introduces young readers to historic sites and stories of Charleston.

Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!

In this book, we’re introduced to Heyward M. Pinckney IV, a carriage horse in downtown Charleston. Heyward takes visitors on a carriage ride past a variety of Charleston area landmarks and attractions, including Riley Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, historic churches and the Charleston City Market. With his magical bow tie, Heyward is able to fly his carriage over the Holy City, pointing out the marshes, plantations and the beaches.

More than 3,000 copies sold!

    Heyward the Horse and The Founding of Charleston

    Heyward is on a mission to answer an important question: Who founded the City of Charleston? With the help of his magic bowtie, Heyward takes you on a journey back in time to the very beginning. Hold on tight as you meet Heyward’s renowned ancestor, Heyward the First, and journey with him across the ocean to the New World. Discover mighty ships, dangerous jungles, pirate battles, native peoples, cool maps, walled cities, and more.

      Meet Heyward’s Creator Andrew Barton 

      Andrew Barton is a designer, illustrator and children’s book author in Charleston, S.C. With three young children, Andrew has read his share of children’s books. He was inspired to write the Heyward the Horse series as a way to capture his love of history and drawing. 

      Read more about the author.

      So what are you waiting for?

      Hop into the carriage and enjoy the ride with “Heyward the Horse and The Founding of Charleston.”